Inventory of the Charles Waln Morgan Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara E. Austen; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Charles Waln Morgan Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Subject Headings

Inventory of the Charles Waln Morgan Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Charles Waln Morgan Papers
Date Span:
1817-1900
Creator:
Charles Waln Morgan, 1796-1861
Mss Number:
Mss 41
Extent:
3 linear feet
Abstract:
Chiefly ship's papers and similar business and personal papers of a New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaling agent and merchant, 1817-1900.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Phone: (508) 997-0046

Biographical Note

Charles Waln Morgan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1796. By 1818, he had moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he entered into business as a partner of William Rotch Sr. and Samuel Rodman Sr. in their merchant shipping firm. Morgan later became an independent merchant and whaling agent. From 1819 until his death in 1861, he owned all or partial interest in various whalers, such as the ship Hector, ship/bark Hesper, ship Maria and several merchant vessels, including the brigs Parthian and Troy. In addition, he invested in an iron works in Duncannon, Penn., with his wife's brother-in-law, William Logan Fisher (1781-1862); owned a candleworks in New Bedford; supplied United States lighthouses; and was active in civic affairs. In 1819, he married Sarah Rodman (1793-1888), daughter of Samuel Rodman Sr. Their only son was Samuel Rodman Morgan (1824-1891).

Samuel Griffitts Morgan (1816-1893) was employed as a clerk by his uncle, Charles Waln Morgan, until about 1836. At that time, he formed a partnership with William G. E. Pope (1815-ca. 1869) known as Pope & Morgan. This New Bedford, Mass., firm acted as agent for such vessels as the bark Braganza and ship Chandler Price.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of material in this collection consists of ship's papers for twenty whaling and merchant vessels which Charles Waln Morgan owned or had an interest in or for which he acted as agent from 1817-1850. These records encompass correspondence from the vessels' captains; agent/owner accounts for outfits, disbursements and settlements of individual voyages; crew papers, including Whalemens' Shipping Papers; consular and customs records; bills and receipts; and similar material. Another significant portion of records reflect Morgan's activities supplying United States lighthouses from 1834-1837. These materials include correspondence; accounts; a bill of lading and an invoice; financial records of the ship Gazelle which carried lighthouse supplies; and bills and receipts, the majority of which concern supplies for and repair work done at the Isles of Shoals Lighthouse, White Island, N.H. Additional materials, dating 1817-1866, encompass legal documents, including his marriage certificate; financial records; incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, including a letter from Benjamin Rotch concerning the failure of the Davis Strait, Greenland, whale fishery, 1836; and a handwritten copy, with later additions, of a lecture on whales and whaling which Morgan delivered at the New Bedford Lyceum and a list.

The papers of Samuel Griffitts Morgan consist of ship's papers for the bark Braganza and ship Chandler Price, 1840-1862, for which Pope & Morgan acted as agent; and a letter to Charles Waln Morgan, 1839. Loum Snow (1810-1871), took over as agent for the Chandler Price about 1861 and his accounts conclude the last voyage in the ship's account book. Another member of the Morgan family, Samuel Rodman Morgan, is represented by a business letter to Lindley Fisher, 1849, and a bill, 1853.

Members of the Fisher, Rodman, and Wister families, related to the Morgans by marriage, are represented by outgoing correspondence, 1838-1864, the bulk of which is addressed to either Charles Waln Morgan or his wife, Sarah Rodman Morgan. These letters primarily concern the finances of the iron works in Duncannon, Penn., or family news from Wakefield, Penn. Of particular note are the letters of Elizabeth Rodman Fisher (1810-1875) and William Logan Fisher which describe the area around Duncannon and production at the iron works. John Wister (1829-1900) is represented by newspaper clippings, including his obituary, ca. 1895, 1900.

Researchers should note that additional material concerning the Morgan, Fisher, Rodman, and Wister families can be found in the following collections: Mss 2, Rotch Collection; Mss 4, Rodman Collection; Mss 56, Business Records Collection; and Mss 64, Biographical Collection. In addition, material concerning William G. E. Pope can be found in Mss 56. A printed work which can provide additional information is The Rotches (1947) by John M. Bullard.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 41 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Portions of the material in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Emily M. Hussey in September 1904; Harold R. Sweet on 5 September 1936; Mrs. E. B. Kresge on 24 August 1937; William L. R. Gifford on 31 October 1940; Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965; William Tallman on 29 June 1966; and by Mary Hussey Mandell on 28 August 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 24 November 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 21 March 2012

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Description

Sub-group 1: Charles Waln Morgan Papers, 1817-1866 [2.5 linear feet]
Sub-group 1 consists of Charles Waln Morgan's legal documents, financial records, a lecture, and a list, as well as ship's papers for twenty vessels.
Series A: Abigail (Ship) Records, 1836, 1842
Box 1
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1836, 1842
Series B: Benezet (Bark) Records, 1833-1836
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1836
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1833, 1836
Volume 1
Disbursement accounts, 1834-1835
Folder 3
Items removed from Volume 1
Folder 4-5
Crew papers, 1833-1836
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 6
Customs records, 1836
Folder 7-10
Bills and receipts, 1833, 1836
Folder 11
Memoranda, 1836
Series C: Charles W. Morgan (Ship) Records, 1845
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1845
Series D: Clarice (Bark) Records, 1835-1837
Sub-series 1: 1835-1836 Voyage, 1835-1836
Folder 1
Agent/Owner accounts, 1835-1836
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1835-1836
Folder 3
Customs records, 1836
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1836
Folder 5
Memorandum, 1836
Sub-series 2: 1836-1837 Voyage, 1836-1837
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1836
Folder 2
Agent/Owner account, 1836
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1836
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Folder 5
Customs records, 1836
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1836
Folder 7-9
Bills and receipts, 1836
Folder 10
Memorandum, 1837
Series E: Condor (Ship) Records, 1831-1850
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1833-1836, 1842
Folder 2
Agent/Owner accounts, 1831-1832
Volume 1
Memorandum book, 1832
Includes lists of provisions and stores and labor accounts
Volume 2
Outfitting book, ca. 1832
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, 1836-1837
Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper
Volume 3
Crew accounts, 1846-1847
Include disbursement accounts
Folder 5
Sea letter, 1850
Folder 6
Customs records, 1832
Folder 7
Certificate of weight, 1832
Folder 8
Bill of exchange, 1832
Folder 9-15
Bills and receipts, 1831-1832
Folder 16
Memorandum, ca. 1832
Series F: Emily Morgan (Ship) Records, 1836, 1842
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1836, 1842
Series G: Enterprise (Ship) Records, 1817-1818
Folder 1
Letter to captain giving permission to enter port, 1817
Folder 2
Agent/Owner account, 1818
"Cost of outfits...for France and Whaling Voyage"
Series H: Frances Henrietta (Ship) Records, 1842-1848
Box 2
Folder 1
Correspondence, , 1842 1844
Folder 2
Agent/owner accounts, 1843-1845
Folder 3-8
Crew papers, . Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper 1843-1845
Folder 9
Consular bill, 1844
Folder 10
Customs receipt, 1844
Folder 11
Manifest, ca. 1844
Folder 12
Order of payment, 1845
Folder 13-14
Bills and receipts, 1843/1845
Folder 15
Memoranda 1848
Series I. George and Martha (Ship) Records, 1820-1823
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1821-1822
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1822-1823
Folder 3
Memorandum, 1820
Series J. Hector (Ship) Records, 1826-1843
Sub-series 1: voyage, 1829-1831 1826-1831
Folder 1
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, 1830-1831
Folder 4
Bills and receipts, 1826-1829
Sub-series 2: voyage, 1832-1834 1830-1834
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1833
Folder 2
Adent/owner acccount, 1830
Folder 3
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1832
Folder 4
Customs bill, 1832
Folder 5
Manifest, 1832
Folder 6-12
Bills and receipts, 1831-1834
voyage, 1834-1837 1834-1837
Folder 1-2
Agert/owner accounts, 1835-1837
Folder 3-5
Crew papers, ca. 1836-1837
Folder 6
Customs bill, 1837
Folder 7
Bill of exchange, 1837
Folder 8-9
Bills and receipts, 1834-1837
Sub-series 4: voyage, 1838-1840 1837-1838
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1837
Folder 2-3
Crew papers, . Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper 1838
Folder 4
Bill of exchange, 1838
Folder 5
Bill of lading, 1838
Folder 6-13
Bills of receipts, 1837-1838
Folder 14
Memorandum, 1838
voyage, 1843-1847 1843
Folder 1
Sea Letter, 1843
Series K: Hesper (Ship/Bark) Records, 1820-1835
Sub-series 1: voayge, 1825-1826 1820-1826
Box 4
Folder 1
Agent/owner account, 1825
Folder 2
Customs bill, 1826
Folder 3
Bills and receipts, 1820/1826
Sub-series 2: voyage, 1826-1828 1826
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1826
Folder 2
Customs bill, 1826
Folder 4-6
Bills and receipts, 1826
Sub-series 3: voyage, 1831-1834 1831-1834
Folder 1
Letter from captain, , 1831 1833
Folder 2
Agent/owner accounts, , 1831 1834
Folder 3-4
Crew papers, . Include Whalemen's Shipping Paper 1831-1833
Folder 5
Customs bills, 1834
Folder 6
Bills of exchange, 1834
Folder 7-8
Bills and receipts, 1831-1834
Sub-series 4: voyage, 1834-1835
Folder 1
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1834
Folder 2
Customs bill, 1834
Folder 3-7
Bills and receipts, 1834-1835
Series L: Magnolia (Ship) Records, 1831-1846
Folder 1
Correspondence, , 1831-1836 1845
Folder 2
Consular bill, 1846
Series M: Maria (Ship) Records, 1834-1838
Sub-series 1: voyage, 1834-1836 1834-1835
Folder 1
Bills, 1834-1835
Sub-series 2: voyage, 1836-1837
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1836
Folder 2
Agent/owner accounts, 1836-1837
Folder 3
Whalemens' Shipping Papers, 1836
Folder 4
Customs bills, 1836
Folder 5
Insurance records, . Statement of loss 1836
Folder 6
Bill of exchange, 1836
Folder 7
Orders of payment, 1837
Folder 8-14
Bills and receipts, 1836
Sub-series 3: voyage, 1838-1840 1838
Folder 1
Bills, 1838
Series N: Parthian (Brig), 1820-1824
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1821-1822
Folder 2-4
Agent/owner accounts, 1821-1823
Folder 5-6
Crew papers, . Inclde crew lists account of merchandise thrown overboard and survey of leak and protest concerning damage to vessel from storm 1821-1823
Folder 7-8
Consular records, . Include account of merchandise thrown overboard and survey of leak and protest concerning damage of vessel from storm 1821-1823
Folder 9
Customs records, 1821-1824
Folder 10
Bills of lading, 1821-1822
Folder 11
Manifests, , 1823 1824
Folder 12
Invoice and freight lists, , 1822 1823
Folder 13
Sales receipt for vessel, 1821
Folder 14-27
Bills and receipts, 1820-1823
Folder 28
Memoranda, 1822-1823
Series O: Pioneer (Bark) Records,
Folder 1
Correspondence, , 1830 1836
Folder 2
Agent/owener accounts, , 1839 1842
Folder 3
Whalemen's Shipping Paper, 1839
Series P:Rodman (Bark) Records, 1831-1850
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1831-1849
Volume 1
Outfitting book, 1847
Folder 2
Bond concerning deceased crew member, 1847
Folder 3
Sea Letter, 1833
Folder 4
Bill, 1850
Series Q: Roscoe (Ship) Records, 1833
Folder 1
Letter from captain, 1833
Series R: Troy (Brig) Records, 1824-1828
Box 6
Folder 1
Agent/owner accouts, 1825
Crew papers, 1825
Folder 3
Consular records, 1828
Folder 4
Customs records, 1825
Folder 5
Insurance policy, 1827
Folder 6-9
Bills and receipts, 1825-1826
Series S: William Brown (Schooner) Records, 1836
Folder 1
Insurance policy, 1836
Series T: Winslow (Ship) Records, 1820-1821
Folder 1
Agent/owner accounts, 1820-1821
Folder 2
Crew papers, 1820
Folder 3
Customs bill, 1820
Folder 4-8
Bills and receipts, 1820-1821
Folder 9
List of books on board vessel, 1820
Series U: Legal Documents, , , 1817 1819 1844-1866
Box 7
Folder 1
Power of attorney certificate, ; deed, ; "memorandum of agreement," , copied 1817 1844 1847 1876
Folder 2
Marriage certificate, 1819
Folder 3
Corresponence relating to Morgan's estate, 1866
Folder 4
Insurance polcy, North 6th St. Bath House, 1848
Series V: Financial Records, 1818-1858
Sub-series 1: Bills and receipts, 1818-1858
Folder 1
1818-1819
Folder 2
1820
Folder 3-4
1821
Folder 5-7
1822
Folder 8-10
1823
Folder 11
1824
Folder 12-13
1825
Folder 14
1826-1839
Folder 15-19
1849-1853
Folder 20
, 1854 1858
Sub-series 2: Acounts current, 1819
Folder 1
1819
Sub-series 3: Balance sheets, , 1820 1837
Folder 1
, 1820 1837
Sub-series 4: Memoranda, ca. 1836
Folder 1
ca. 1836
Series W: Correspondence, 1820-1857
Folder 1
Incoming, 1829-1848
Folder 2
Outgoing, 1820-1857
Folder 3
Letter fragment, ca. 1836
Series X: Lighthouse Records, 1834-1837
Sub-series 1: Correspondence, 1836
Folder 1
1836
Sub-series 2: Accounts, 1835-1836
Folder 1
1835-1836
Sub-series 3: Bill of lading and invoice, 1836
Folder 1
Invoice, ; bill of lading, 1836 1836
Sub-series 4: Gazelle (Schooner) records, 1835-1836
Folder 1
Accounts, 1836
Folder 2
Bills and receipts, 1835-1836
Sub-series 5: Bills and receipts, 1834-1837
Folder 1
1834-1835
Folder 2-5
1836-1837
Series Y: Lecture and List, , ca. 1837 1860
Folder 1
Handwritten copy of lecture, with later revisions, delivered by Morgan at the New Bedford Lyceum, 1837
Folder 2
List of "Birds in the Glass Case," ca. 1860
Sub-group 2: Morgan Family Papers, 1839-1862 [9 items]
Sub-group 2 contains the papers of Samuel Griffitts Morgan and Samuel Rodman Morgan.
Sub-group 3: Fisher Family Papers, 1836-1850 [14 items]
Sub-group 3 contains the papers of Elizabeth Rodman Fisher, Sarah Lindley Fisher, Thomas Rodman Fisher, and William Logan Fisher.
Sub-group 4: Rodman Family Papers, 1848-1850, 1863-1864 [11 items]
Sub-group 4 contains the papers of Benjamin Rodman and Thomas Rotch Rodman.
Sub-group 5: Wister Family Papers, 1846-1847, ca.1895, 1900 [5 items]
Sub-group 5 contains the papers John Wister and Sarah Logan Fisher Wister's.

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Subject Headings

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1834-1862
Brazil--Commerce--United States
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Mass.--New Bedford
Businessmen--Penn.--Duncannon
Commercial agents--Mass--New Bedford
Domestic relations--Mass.--New Bedford
Domestic relations--Penn.--Duncannon
Domestic relations--Penn.--Wakefield
Duncannon Iron Works, Duncannon, Penn.
Duncannon, Penn.--Description
Duncannon, Penn.--Industries
Family--Mass.--New Bedford
Family--Penn.--Duncannon
Family--Penn.--Wakefield
Fisher family
Fisher, Elizabeth Rodman, 1810-1875
Fisher, Sarah Lindley, 1785-1865
Fisher, Thomas Rodman, 1803-1861
Fisher, William Logan, 1781-1862
Germany--Commerce--United States
Iron industry and trade--Penn.--Duncannon
Iron-works--Penn.--Duncannon
Isles of Shoals Lighthouse, White Island, N.H.
Lectures and lecturing--Mass.--New Bedford
Lighthouses--United States
Marriage licenses--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant marine--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchant ships--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchants--Mass.--New Bedford
Morgan Papers
Morgan family
Morgan, Charles Waln, 1796-1861
Morgan, Samuel Griffitts, 1816-1893
Morgan, Samuel Rodman, 1824-1891
Morgan, Sarah Rodman, 1793-1888
Nail makers--Penn. --Duncannon
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
Pope & Morgan, New Bedford, Mass.
Pope, William G. E.1815-ca. 1869
Portugal--Commerce--United States
Rodman family
Rodman, Benjamin, 1794-1876
Rodman, Thomas Rotch, 1825-1905
Russia--Commerce--United States
Ship's papers
Shipmasters--Mass.--New Bedford
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Snow, Loum, 1810-1871
Sweden--Commerce--United States
United States--Commerce--Brazil
United States--Commerce--Germany
United States--Commerce--Portugal
United States--Commerce--Russia
United states--Commerce--Sweden
Whalers
Whales--Addresses, essays, lectures
Whaling--Greenland--Davis Strait
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Addresses, essays, lectures
Whaling--Mass.--New Bedford--Agents
Wister family
Wister, John, 1829-1900
Wister, Sarah Logan Fisher, 1806-1891
Women--Penn.--Wakefield--Social conditions

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Vessel Names

Abigail (Ship)
Benezet (Bark)
Braganza (Ship)
Chandler Price (Ship)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
Clarice (Bark)
Condor (Ship)
Emily Morgan (Ship)
Enterprise (Ship)
Frances Henrietta (Ship)
Gazelle (Schooner)
George and Martha (Ship)
Hector (Ship)
Hesper (Bark)
Hesper (Ship)
Magnolia (Ship)
Maria (Ship)
Parthian (Brig)
Pioneer (Bark)
Rodman (Ship)
Roscoe (Ship)
Troy (Brig)
William Brown (Schooner)
Winslow (Ship)

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